Friday 4 March 2011

Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Winner at PeaceJam!

Betty Williams wowed everyone. She was addressing the 2011 PeaceJam conference at Bradford University and was full of passion and love. PeaceJam has been bringing Nobel Peace prize winners to Bradford for 6 years, and Betty links well with the first event, which gave us the honour of being in the company of Mairaid Corrigan-Maguire.

Betty and Mairaid jointly won the 1976 Nobel peace prize after working hard to set up a women's peace network in Northern Ireland. Betty witnessed the death of 3 young children (daughters of Mairaid's sister Ann), killed when a young IRA man drove into them having just been shot by British security forces.

She was amazing, and urged the large audience to roll up their sleeves and get involved in work for peace where ever they were; oppose the arms industry; protect vulnerable groups; expose spending on the military, (especially nuclear weapons spending.)

I'm looking forward to hearing more from her in the days to come!

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